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As lockdown restrictions ease and we start to consider travelling again, the future of cross-Channel operator Eurostar remains uncertain.
Eurostar is seeking financial support from the UK Government, citing higher access charges here as a reason.
The French Government has pledged to provide support for the operator, while £200 million has been provided by one of its shareholders, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure.
Registered in the UK and supporting 3,000 jobs either with the business or in the supply chain, the company is, however, 55% owned by SNCF (French state rail), 40% by CDPQ/Hermes and 5% by SNCB (Belgian state railways).
So: Should the UK Government provide financial assistance to Eurostar?

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Autumn start for Great Northern ‘700s’

700019 on test on the East Coast Main Line. PETER FOSTER.

Class 700s will enter traffic on the Great Northern in the next few weeks.

Govia Thameslink Railway told RAIL this was planned for the autumn, although many factors could alter the introduction date. RAIL understands the ‘700s’ will enter service from October 2.

The introduction is planned in two stages. Initially two 12-car Class 700/1s will replace two sets of three four-car Class 365s on trains between Peterborough and London King’s Cross (the ‘365s’ running as 12-car formations).

Early next year, eight eight-car Class 700/0s will replace ‘365s’ on the GN. Beyond that, details have yet to be confirmed. Once the Class 700s are introduced, GTR intends to retain 19 of the 40 Class 365s, with the rest destined to be returned to Eversholt Rail Group.

When Thameslink is fully ‘live’ from December 2018, Class 700s will run from Cambridge and Peterborough onto the former Southern Region via the Canal Tunnels and the ‘core’ between St Pancras International and Blackfriars.

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 09/09/2017 03:59

    I have heard that the Class 700's will soon replace some or most of the Class 365's. As the Class 387's Electrostar have replaced the Class 317's and Class 321's to Greater Anglia and some of the Class 321's cascaded to Scotrail.

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  • Arkady - 11/09/2017 15:37

    Any word on the introduction of 717s on the Moorgate route?

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  • Colin Brown - 22/11/2017 21:22

    Just wanted to know, have any class 700 run through the canal tunnels yet?

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